Beer market of Russia 2016: PET goes to draftThe beer market of Russia was warmed up by the hot summer, but the preparation for large volume PET prohibition has already impacted it negatively. The year was successful for Efes, MBC and regional producers; Carlsberg’s positions were virtually stable but AB InBev and Heineken lost a part of market share having focused on the sales profitability. The dynamics of big brands was determined by how much the companies were willing to keep the prices down or by their promotional activity. In this context the economy segment of the beer market and sales of inexpensive draft beer were increasing. The premium segment started shrinking due to license brands migrating to the mainstream segment.
Beer market of Vietnam: “Young tiger”Vietnam is one of the few big beer markets that continue to grow steadily. The beer popularity results from its low price, street consumption culture, and social motives. The outlooks of beer market as well as the Vietnamese economy inspire optimism, though the country is heavily dependent on export of goods. The state regulation can be called liberal, but the key risk for brewers is harbored in intensive rising of excise. Within TOP-4 there are two leaders, Sabeco and Heineken that grow at the fastest rates. The first company effectively employs its capacities, the second one focuses on marketing technologies. Almost 80% of the market belongs to century-old brands, yet the middle class and the youth are shifting their interest toward international premium that is growing taking share from the mainstream.
Analysis of beer market in China (on Russian)
Beer market of Ukraine: big three losing weightIn 2016, fast increase of excises and resulting price spike stood in the way of the beer market stabilization. Most of competition (as well as mass sorts) moved to the economy segment of the market. The biggest losses were incurred by the leading three, especially Obolon, which again experienced pressure after reallocation of Efes market share. However, one should already speak of TOP-4. Group Oasis CIS (PPB) became a strong player and competitor to transnational companies. Besides the net sales of many regional medium breweries look rather good and 16-fold cost reduction wholesale trade license for craft brewers opens up a possibility of rapid growth in 2017.
Netherlands: Heineken puts faith in innovation, namesake brand – report
The Netherlands-based brewer wants to double the contribution of innovations to group net sales within the next decade, Heineken's chief commercial officer, Alexis Nasard, is quoted as saying in a Reuters report yesterday (26 January). Innovations made in the last three years currently account for 3% of sales, he said.
The brewer is also investing more heavily behind the Heineken brand, Nasard added, as is evidenced by the launch of a global advertising campaign on the brand earlier this month.
"We are increasing the emphasis on the Heineken brand in terms of resource allocation and investment," he told Reuters. "The early signs from our new campaign are very encouraging."
Heineken has a claim to be the most improved brewer of 2010 following its acquisition of FEMSA Cerveza early in the year. The deal significantly increased the firm's exposure to emerging markets, a move that many analysts believed was necessary for the company to progress. The group is also building a strong presence in Africa and has acquired a 37.5% stake in India's leading brewer, United Breweries.
At the same time, however, Heineken's exposure to mature beer markets in Western Europe remains relatively high. Excluding the addition of FEMSA Cerveza to results, Heineken's beer volumes and net sales both dropped by 2% for the third quarter of 2010.
27 Jan. 2011